Emergency Preparedness

Disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. Make sure you and your family are ready.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips

  • Be Informed - Receiving advance warnings for severe weather, timely emergency alerts, and information during a disaster is critical to staying safe during an emergency. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts, including at least one with an audible alert to wake you in the middle of the night.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan - It is critical that you create a family disaster plan to keep you and your family safe, protect your property, and build your community’s resilience. Develop a plan (PDF) with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Be sure your plan addresses the special and/or medical needs for you and your family.
  • Build an Emergency Kit- Having an emergency supply kit is an essential component of personal and family preparedness Emergency kits should include essentials items that will help sustain you and your family for up to three days in the event you are isolated in your home without power during disaster. First, think about essential items you will need for basic survival:
    • Clean Air
    • Food
    • Medical Equipment
    • Necessary Medications
    • Warmth
    • Water

Additionally, utilities and basic services such as electricity / gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days or weeks. Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Make sure your emergency kit is customized to meet the unique needs of your family.

  • Get Involved - Build a more resilient community by getting involved and helping your community prepare for, respond to, and recover from the next disaster. There are many great opportunities to make important contributions including volunteering, donating, helping your neighbors, and being an active bystander.
  1. Be Informed
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Build a Kit
  4. For Families and Chldren

One of the best ways to be prepared for disaster is to know where to receive alerts and warnings in the event of a disaster. Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. Below you’ll find links to ways of receiving alerts and warnings.

Town of Mansfield

The Town has an alert system and news system that will notify you via SMS text messaging or email of Town based alert notifications. You can find information on how to sign up here:


NOAA Weather Radio

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or NWR, is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting forecasts, warnings, and emergency information 24 hours a day. It is a comprehensive weather and emergency information service available to the public. All-hazards messages include weather events, technological incidents like chemical spills, AMBER alerts, and national emergencies. NWR also broadcasts EAS notices.


FEMA App for Android and iOS

Stay updated with severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the U.S.; learn how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards; save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit; and locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers. You can also submit disaster-related photos to a public map using the Disaster Reporter feature. The FEMA App is also available in Spanish. Download the app to your mobile device or smartphone free on iTunes or Google Play.


American Red Cross App for Android or iOS

The Red Cross Emergency app combines more than 35 different types of severe weather and emergency alerts. You can choose the alerts that are important to your location or the location of loved ones. The “Family Safe” feature allows you to notify loved ones that an alert has been issued in their area and check to see if they are safe. The app also offers information on what to do before, during, and after severe weather hits and how to find open Red Cross Shelters. All content is also available in Spanish. You can download the app to your mobile device or smartphone free on iTunes  (Apple-iOS 6.0 or later) and Google Play (Android).


The Weather Channel App

Tracks weather and provides local forecasts and push alerts of severe weather to your mobile device.


Additional Resources

Additional resources can be found at the Department of Public Health website.